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Anthony Geary Talks On His Decision To Leave GH, His Upcoming Final Tape Day & His Leading Ladies On A SPOONFUL OF PAOLO!

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In a rare sit-down interview, soap icon and eight-time Daytime Emmy winner Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) chats with host Paolo Presta in the latest edition of Presta’s online talk series A Spoon Full Of Paolo direct from Geary’s dressing room at General Hospital.

During their chat, Geary further opens up about his reasons for leaving General Hospital at this point in his career, how he feels his last tape day might go down, and later Paolo puts Geary through his paces and asks him to give a sentence about some of his most famous on-screen female partners including: Roseanne Barr, Elizabeth Taylor, Demi Moore, Jane Elliot, and Genie Francis.   Below, and of note, are some of the more interesting soundbites from the interview!

When asked about his decision to leave GH, Tony shared with Presta:  I have been thinking about it for ten years actually, ever since I found the city where my heart is in Amsterdam. I have never felt as comfortable, or as authentic as I have felt there. It’s a perfect fit for me; the city and I, and the people.  I  always felt one of the reasons I became an actor is that I did not feel at home in my skin, and not comfortable with the people I grew up around, and it became a sanctuary for me to live in my imagination.  In Amsterdam, I find that the whole city is a playground for my imagination, and I feel very comfortable there with people. So when I found it I thought: I love my work, I love this character, I have enjoyed so many benefits of being able to live on two continents for the last twenty years is an amazing gift  that the audience has given that to me. I am very grateful for it, but there comes a time when you reach a certain age … I am going to be 68 at the end of May … and I have had serious spinal operations – two of them over the last two years – and so I realized after the second operation, my time was not infinite on this planet, and I have loved my life. It’s time to take the benefits of what I have gotten from 37 years on this show and 50 years of being an actor – and I just decided that now is the time.  And it was synchronicity that they had just given me this incredible story of the dark side of look fighting with the light side, and the incredible anniversary show wrapping this character up so beautifully I thought, that I just didn’t think there was much better we could do.

When asked if Tony will get emotional on his final tape day at GH, Geary shared:  I hope not … I hope not.  I hate to see actors indulge in that, but you know, it’s difficult to say.  I begged them – my executive producer Frank Valentini who has been wonderfully supportive about my leaving the show begged him, “Please don’t have a cake and please don’t bring everyone in and have a goodbye.”  But Frank kind of said, that it’s not fair to everyone who wants to say goodbye, and I thought I could sneak out the fire exit and disappear into the night … it’s not going to happen! (Laughs)

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Presta’s series talking to some of entertainments biggest icons, which always at it’s heart is about living your dream and making them come true, got an extra special bonus from Geary who addressed the camera to instill in all of us to live out our dreams in a very touching message and moment from the greatest actor of the genre.

Now watch Tony Geary on A Spoonful of Paolo below!  Then, let us know your thoughts about what Tony shared on his reasons for exiting GH, what he had to say about some of his former and current leading ladies, and if any of us are prepared for Tony’s final tape day on GH!

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Joe
Joe

God, I’m going to miss him on GH. It won’t be the same. 🙁

Ren
Ren

On the other hand, a huge portion of us fans, yes even long-time fans, are very happy to see Luke walking off into the sunset to never be seen again.

We hope!

Timmm
Timmm

I challenge anyone who doesnt love Tony or at least respect him to tell me otherwise after this interview. What a man. What a career. What an interview! Great insight! Thank you.

Mrs B
Mrs B

Gosh Tony will be missed.

su0000
su0000

Amsterdam is legal weed since like forever, Tony will be happy!
Tony;
”incredible anniversary show wrapping this character up so beautifully I thought, that I just didn’t think there was much better we could do.”
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The Anniversary show was indeed monumenta ..
outstanding, remarkable, stupendous, significant, memorable and immortal..
A beautiful full circle for Tony/Luke ..
I watched it 3 times, unforgettable..

I will miss Tony/Luke.. He is a cornerstone of General Hospital..

Guest
Guest

There is A LOT more to legal weed in Amsterdam… Heck, I bet TG could qualify for medical marijuana with his own problems.
And give he could settle in a state where it is already legal recreationally. Hey, it will happen soon nationally!

The fact that TG said ,
“I thought, that I just didn’t think there was much better we could do.” I think says it all…. I think he was unhappy that the story FV and RC originally pitched to him is different and I do not think that with RC – Luke is going to get a better written story….. TG is not retiring…. he is leaving GH!! HE still wants to act!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I think you misinterpreted what AG meant, Guest. He’s always wanted a great exit story and it appears he feels this was it…that he was afforded an opportunity to act out a darker side of Luke, play dual roles…plus the role of his father…and is quite satisfied with how his character played out. They gave him a great all encompassing psychological drama which was a huge stretch from the complacent same old, same old he’d be given for many yrpears. I think Tony’s leaving GH a happy man…satisfied with a huge part of his life’s work and looking forward to taking on new roles in Amsterdam…a lifestyle and career risk he can now afford to devote himself to completely.

Timmm
Timmm

That black & white GH show will be Tony’s NINTH Emmy!

Fanny
Fanny

I Believe that as well Timmm.

Dan
Dan

What a fantastic interview! In all the years I’ve been watching GH, I don’t remember Tony doing many sit down interviews like this, cause he’s always been such a private person, which I greatly respect. So to get him to sit down and open up like this, wonderful job. You can tell the interviewer Paolo is a real fan. Loved the end where Tony looked into the camera and spoke to us, the fans, with his inspirational words.

Gonna miss him so much. He’s been an institution on the show for so many years. Such a huge part of the heart and soul, and fabric of General Hospital. They don’t make characters like Luke Spencer anymore. In my opinion, not only the best character in soap history, but the best actor to ever play in the genre. You don’t win all those Emmys by accident. There will never be another like him.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree. He has always been private and at the awards shows he doesnt say much. This was really a treat. Perhaps its just Tony slipping into retirement and he is at ease now? I really enjoyed listening to his candid answers.

Fanny
Fanny

He Graciously gave us a glimpse into his private life and LOVES. Extremely complimentary
towards the leading ladies that have graced his life, a GENTLEMAN and a Scholar.
As an actor a dream realized is playing a great many roles, in not so many words he
made it clear “Nothing changes, if nothing changes” and after 37 wonderful yrs of playing
Luke, it is finally time to move on…

Double Z
Double Z

Luke and Laura…there has never been and there will never be the exquisite soul pairing of the original super couple. Geary always becomes almost speechless when he talks about her. I am sad that they are not able to mature gracefully into the legacy couple that the legions of LnL fans desire. May all of his dreams come true,

lisa
lisa

So hard to fathom a GH without him…..sigh !
Good luck in your future endeavors Tony 🙂

Ann
Ann

He is and always will be a top notch actor, and a pure gentlemen. I will miss him, but wish him every happiness. Tony, you are the greatest!, we will forever miss you!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Sayonara Tony Geary. Your presence will surely be missed on Daytime TV.

GH-er
GH-er

I love him. I’ve watched GH since the 80s and I have so many great memories of all the wonderful story lines for Luke. It’s always been fun and oddly, comforting to see a favorite soap character year after year. I will miss him a lot and I wish TG the very best.

Harry
Harry

About Genie, Tony says,”Our artistic souls met somewhere out in space and meshed.”
Beautifully said.
I know I am going to miss Luke because Tony is going to be sure to leave us wanting more. And that is how it should be.

Patrick
Patrick

2 points.

#1. “…I always felt one of the reasons I became an actor is that I did not feel at home in my skin, and not comfortable with the people I grew up around, and it became a sanctuary for me to live in my imagination. ”

I read this said so often…. I find it interesting… I always imagined myself acting… La-La Land never called… and I never sought

#2. “… begged him, “Please don’t have a cake and please don’t bring everyone in and have a goodbye.” But Frank kind of said, that it’s not fair to everyone who wants to say goodbye, ”

take one for the team Anthony Geary : I’d cry like a baby … head high… bid adieu
it’s a statement for the crew… who’s livelihood you carried

the thing that’s making me smile : you sought (seek) this out … for 37 – 50 years… and now:

Amsterdam is yours : Anthony Geary

“I find that the whole city is a playground for my imagination”

Patrick
Patrick

i’d walk, be escorted, off that studio lot, w/Jacklyn Zeman

I’ve never seen his light any brighter with

Joanna
Joanna

I will miss Tony Geary so much, my favorite Actor and my number one and it won’t be the same 🙁

robbyrob
robbyrob

Wow….what a great interview! Paulo did a great job and Tony was very giving. He seems at peace with his life and is now going out on his terms. I hope he comes around to being receptive to his going away party….he is so well loved by his GH co-stars and stars from other shows. A true daytime AND television ICON!

Lorraine Deremer
Lorraine Deremer

I have watch general hospital for many many years.. I loved Lucks part always. I will hate to seem him go, just like so many.. What is general hospital going to be with out all these great actor’s leaving.. But Luck is a wonderful actor I love his more resent part. Luck is just amazing actor and will be missed very much.. Good luck Tony and enjoy the rest of our life. Thanks for the memories… Lorraine

Maureen Lynch
Maureen Lynch

What a great interview. Very candid answers. I will miss him. It was a great ride. Best wishes going forward.

Howard
Howard

I enjoyed this interview so much!! Tony mentioned he would write a book. That is exciting. I am happy for him I guess, but I hope someday Tony can come back, like the rest of us do!

Suze Singleton
Suze Singleton

This interview was so good. I cried at the end when Paolo shows Tony picture of some of the ladies he’s worked with. Thanks for sharing this video with us. So GOOD Michael.

Adam
Adam

I watched Luke back in 1978 when I was a big fan of GH it was awesome back then (1978-1984). I really never cared about him or his character because back then they had other soap stars what were just as awesome, after 84 I went on to other soaps but I commend him on staying this long on GH and and with him being 68 now WOW. That is awesome. He was never my favorite soap actor, but congrats to him!

Katy
Katy

I have been watching GH since I was young. I watched with my grandmother and mom. I am now 55. Anthony has always been one of my fave characters loved he and Genie together. I hope that it is a spectacular exit.. Please make it wonderful! Anthony we love you and will miss you, thank you so much for being apart of my life. <3 Katy

Angelina
Angelina

Love this guy been watch G.H. Since the 70’s will miss him !
Hope he makes some suprise visits back .looking forward to seeing genie back
Hope she stays around a while this time and they give her a great storyline she much deserves!

Dee Ann Rohrer
Dee Ann Rohrer

I began watching GH a few weeks before Tony arrived as Luke Spencer. I was captivated! I skipped work to watch the wedding of Luke and Laura and that was so totally out of my personality. Unheard of! But so worth it! I’ve been a fan ever since of Tony and GH. I’ve learned to love other actors and will continue to watch GH like 4-ever. But Tony as Luke will always be my favorite character of all time, surpassing movies and any other TV show. Love, love, love this guy, though I only know him on my TV screen as Luke. I respect his privacy and so appreciate this candid, personal interview. Thank you Luke for staying on GH for all these years! GH has been my little rock of continuity when my world was upside down and twisted around. “Luke” gave me some peace and enjoyment for almost an hour each day for so many wonderful years. I’ll miss you, but wish Tony many more years of happiness and fulfillment as you enter Act III of your life. Hugs and kisses to you!

Patrick
Patrick

“do you ever think, that little boy, from Utah” “…do you think he ever dreamed this big”

I dont’ think I was specific, I had fantasies”

Jettsetter

Patrick
Patrick

Jane Elliott

“she is the smartest, savviest, straight shooter, she’s my best friend here, I adore her”

“I count on her to tell me the absolute unvarnished truths”

tearful bond

Harry
Harry

I loved that quote too, Patrick. I hope they continue to give Jane Elliot front burner story lines after Geary departs. I am worried about her and hope she doesn’t become a prop like the potted plant in the hospital lobby or like Monica.

Patrick
Patrick

if I have to give an identifier with Luke: it was his relationship with his sister : Bobbi

perhaps.. it’s this… my sister was gone way too soon

he just beamed… protected… radiated together… a relationship unlike his all

Lee McGuire
Lee McGuire

I’ve watched GH for35 yrs,and Tony has been at the top of my list of favorite actors. I will miss him more than any other actor that has left any show I’ve watched. Love you Tony/Luke everyone is going to notice the empty space that you leave,I our hearts and on the show. Good luck in Amsterdam with whatever you choose to do. Love,luck,and happiness in your future.

Mary Fraiser
Mary Fraiser

I just put the kids to sleep and came across this post Michael. WOW WOW WOW. This needs to be your video of the day. I was so sad to hear that Anthony Geary was leaving GH but after watching this interview I can totally respect and understand his decision. I loved Paolo’s questions and him being a true fan of the show made it so much fun to watch. I have to share this with all my girlfriends.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Excellent interview. Very touching. I’ll miss his familiar face…

Charday
Charday

Great interview.

kelly
kelly

I am going to miss Luke Spencer aka Tony Geary. He is the best part of GH. Also when will see Genie Francis on air?

BrenKay
BrenKay

What a wonderful interview! Thanks to Tony Geary for his many years as Luke, he will be greatly missed. Wishing him all the best as he moves on to the next stage of his life. It sounds like it will be a very happy one and he deserves that. I hope he comes back to visit on GH occasionally after he leaves, it would be great to see him again! I wish him much happiness always!

Rose
Rose

It was really nice to hear Tony in his own voice. Sometimes there are just too may rumours and speculations in the media, social or not. I now have a greater appreciation on what he has done for daytime and GH. But I still want to add…I didn’t much like the Fluke story. Especially if this was Tony’s last, big story on GH. It wasn’t the acting , or even the nuts and bolts of the story. The writers just dragged it out too long in all of it’s ugliness.

So I will chose to remember all the “jet setting” and adventures Luke had with Laura and many other characters over the years. During which time, GH used to have a budget to take you to neat locales, much like B&B does now.

Do you think Paolo was star stuck and had a little crush? I also liked him during the interview with Tony.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Agree, Rose. Paolo was simultaneously gushing and professional. Very relaxed, respectful interview and Tony gave very sincere answers to Paolo’s questions.

Rodd
Rodd

A lovely interview. It gave me such a new-found awe for Tony.

Beth
Beth

What would be absolutely unbelievable us us Nashville WORLD RELWASE Jonathan Jackson to help usher “Luke” out also. April 1st, was my 52 anniversary if watching GH. Luke is without a doubt my favorite ever on the show. But, in all honesty, I have been expecting this for several years. This is the correct time for him to leave the jetsetter’s club. I for one, see Amsterdam as the very best place for AG for several reasons. And there is not anything any actor can do the remainder of this year, to keep his 9th Emmy from him. Go out on top. Best wishes and God’s speed.

Cathy
Cathy

I have watch Tony since day one, he is as great an actor now as when he 1st began. He will be very much missed. It would be wonderful if GH would bring Lucky back before tony leaves to say his goodbye to his dad. I also hope that GH leaves the door open to Tony to make guest appearances,

fginaspy
fginaspy

A nice interview indeed. I am not a Luke fan. However, I agree with TG that the dark side storyline can’t be matched. I stopped watching GH when Luke raped Laura and came back only because other soaps had been cancelled. I do respect him as an actor.

smoochie
smoochie

I am glad for Tony and sad for me. I’ve been watching GH from day one along with all the other retired ABC soaps, and loved Tony from his first appearance up to the present. For me, as each vet leaves, a bit of my adolescence, teenage years, young adult and new motherhood days, leaves with them. The older vets represent the old guard- a different breed of creative visionaries which included writers, production staff et al. Of course many talented people came along with the changing of the guard throughout the years, but for me personally the show has changed to the point of being unrecognizable. If it weren’t for Tony, Jane Elliot, (what happens after Tony leaves) Leslie Charleson, (where is she?), the short run of Ian Buchanan (now RIP), Finola Hughes , Tristan Rogers, Kim McCullough (i watched her grow up on the show), Wally kurth, and even the mention or reference of and to Steve and Audrey Hardy there would be nothing left of what the core of GH was. I’m still hanging in with Gangland Hospital, but it’s harder to do than ever. There are still very wonderfully talented actors on the show who are doing a fantastic job with whatever they are given, but Its’ just not the General Hospital I knew back in hit’s heyday. And yes , I know the song Everything Must Change very well.
I will be missing Tony and will be shedding some tears because of his departure and for an era gone bye bye.
Heres’ to you Anthony Geary , for all the years you’ve entertained me with your hard work,razor wit, improvisational skills, great talent and presence- from your long-time fan, best wishes for your future journey and to the days of Auld Lang Syne.

Patrick
Patrick

“I know the song, “Everything Must Change” , very well.”

I LOVE this song…

my favorite version…. Nina Simone

I well up with emotion, every time

I first heard this… when the series; “Medium” was being cancelled in the last show…. finale

Rose
Rose

Love you comment. Very heartfelt. Plus your reference to General Hospital as now Gangland Hospital. I know there’s plenty of regular other patients. But those who are, have been, related to, or just in the wrong place at the wrong time because of crime in Port Charles seem to be the main population for viewers nowadays. I don’t mind some of those stories, but not a diet of it. Writers please mix it up a little. There’s more to life than just crime and crazies.

Ces
Ces

Excellent interview with this very private man. Been watching luke since day one. He will be greatly missed but deserves to live happily after in amsterdam! In the meantime, i am looking forward to seeing luke and laura onscreen together again.

Lyn
Lyn

Thank you for such an amazing, wonderful, heartfelt interview. I’m an Australian fan who began watching GH just before Luke & Laura appeared. I’ve loved them both ever since. Thank you & I wish Anthony a wonderful “Act 3”. Much love to you all. x

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At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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